The Belles of St. Trinian's
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- Rated: Not Rated
- Run Time: 1 hours, 31 minutes
- Video: Black & White
- Released: July 9, 2015
- Originally Released: 1954
- Label: Reel Vault
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||Alastair Sim, Joyce Grenfell, George Cole & Hermione Baddeley|
|Performer:||Betty Ann Davies, Beryl Reid, Renee Houston, Irene Handl, Mary Merrall, Joan Sims, Richard Wattis, Michael Ripper, Sidney James & Eric Pohlmann|
|Directed by||Frank Launder|
|Edited by||Thelma Connell|
|Screenplay by||Frank Launder, Sidney Gilliat & Val Valentine|
|Composition by||Malcolm Arnold|
|Produced by||Sidney Gilliat & Frank Launder|
|Director of Photography:||Stanley Pavey|
This transportation of Ronald Searle's awful school has been effected with the greatest possible success. Full Review
Monthly Film Bulletin
BELLES OF ST. TRINIAN'S was the first of several British comedies inspired by the fear-inspiring girl's school created by cartoonist Ronald Searle. The girls of St. Trinian's aim their deviltry at a gang of crooks who plan to steal a famous race horse. Alastair Sim wraps up the proceedings with his dual portrayal of the school's severe headmistress (!) and her bookmaking twin brother. Also worth watching is veteran supporting player George Cole, who makes a tidy profit on the alcoholic beverages produced in the girls' science lab, and toothy Joyce Grenfell as a diligent lady constable. Like most of the subsequent "St. Trinian's" farces, BELLES OF ST. TRINIAN'S was a joint effort of the producer/director/writer team of Frank Launder and Sidney Gilliat.
- Part of the British Sterling Collection.
- "The Belles of St. Trinians" was inspired by artist Ronald Searle's original drawings of the girls and staff of St. Trinian's.
- Filmed at Shepperton Studios.
- Additional cast: Noel Hood (Bilston Mistress), Roger Delgardo (Legation Official), Stuart Saunders (Police Sergeant), Balbina (Miss De St. Emelion), Jim Tyson (Butcher), Bill O'Malley (Railway Guard), Arthur Sandifer (Railway Porter), Martin Walker (Hankinson), Henry Longhurst (Doctor), Barry Steele (Fred Smith), Paul Connell (Sam), Tommy Duggan (Joe), Michael Kelly (Bill), Jane Henderson (Miss Holland), Pat Hagan (Policeman), Gilbert Harrison (Young Clerk), Jean Langston (Rosie), Vivienne Wood (Miss Anderson), Cara Stevens (Sultan's Secretary), Jack Doyle (Assistant Trainer), Windsor Cottage (Arab Boy), Myrette Morven, Sally Lahee, Norman Maitland, Bob Gregory, and Ronald Searle & Kaye Webb (Parents).
- Additional crew: Peter Broxup, Alan Hall, & R. Pope (camera assistants); John Beaton (assistant editor); W. E. Hutchinson, J. Sawyer, & P. Moll (draughtsmen); Bridget Sellers (wardrobe supervisor); and Adrian Pryce-Jones, Peter Maxwell, & Jack Green (assistant directors).
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